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A Frenchwoman kidnapped in Sardinia will soon be repatriated
March 1, 2008
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Scientology: a Frenchwoman kidnapped in Sardinia will soon be repatriated

ROME, March 1, 2008 (AFP) - a Frenchwoman, kidnapped in Sardinia by members of the Church of Scientology and rescued at the end of January by the Italian police force, will "quickly be repatriated to France", French diplomatic sources in Rome indicated Saturday.

"The French Consulate in Rome has been following this since the beginning in close cooperation with the Italian authorities and Martine Boublil will quickly be repatriated to France", affirmed these sources.

The police in Nuoro (east-central Sardinia), who had rescued the 48 year old Frenchwoman held under deplorable conditions, informed AFP that Mrs. Boublil "was still in hospital but that she might leave Sardinia next week". The prefecture of Nuoro had been alerted by a telephone call concerning appeals for help coming from a country house located on Ortobene hill, close to Nuoro.

The police officers had discovered on 21st January Martine Boublil, sister of Claude Boublil, an important member of the church of Scientology in France, locked up in a room filled with rubbish. Initially identified as being of Tunisian origin, she had been found half-naked and sleeping on an mattress infested with vermin, according to the local police force.

Four French people, a woman and three men, identified as members of the Church of Scientology and suspected of having detained Martine Boublil against her will, had been arrested then, a spokesman of the prefecture of local police force indicated at the time.

These four people were released ten days ago and have since returned to France, the same source said Saturday.

The spokesman of the Church of Scientology in France, Daniele Gounord, invited by the daily newspaper "Le Parisien" to comment, spoke of a "family drama" and indicated that Scientology did not have "anything to say" on the question.

"Le Parisien" also reported the testimony of Martine Boublil, who said she had been "in hell".

She said she had been a Scientology member for eight years before leaving. Several years later, she was hospitalized for depression. According to her, her brother (Claude Boublil, one of the organizers of the Scientology Celebrity center in Paris) made her leave and "took her by force to a house in Normandy belonging to a scientologist, then to Sarthe and finally to Sardinia".

In Sardinia, she claims to have been forced to remain locked up in a "disgusting room" on the first floor of the house, guarded by two young people who did not speak to her, with a basin for sanitation and only a tee-shirt for clothing. A woman also lived in the house. She claims to have written an S.O.S message with lipstick on cardboard which she threw into the garden of neighbours who alerted the police.

After her release, Martine Boublil was hospitalized in a psychiatric establishment in Sardinia.

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Fenech (UMP) for a board of inquiry into the Scientology

PARIS, March 1, 2008 (AFP) - George Fenech (UMP), vice-president of the parliamentary group on cults, proposed on Saturday the creation of a parliamentary board of inquiry into Scientology after a Frenchwoman was held prisoner by members of the cult in Sardinia.

"This recent affair casts suspicion once more on the Church of Scientology with a French victim, Martine Boublil, claiming serious infringements of her freedom and her physical integrity, and indicates the real dangers of this organization", the deputy said in an official statement.

M. Fenech "will present in the French National Assembly a motion for a resolution creating a parliamentary board of inquiry to determine the real nature of the activities of this movement, its methods of operation, its sources of financing and in a more general way if the organization respects the laws of the French Republic", the text adds.

Martine Boublil, held by force in Sardinia by members of the Church of Scientology and released at the end of January by the Italian police force, "will soon be repatriated to France", French diplomatic sources in Rome indicated on Saturday.


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